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With ctrlX SERVICES, Bosch Rexroth is expanding its wide range of support services

ctrlX Store, ctrlX Device Portal and ctrlX AUTOMATION Community are just a few of the many services

  • ctrlX Store for downloading the required software
  • ctrlX Device Portal for centrally managing control systems
  • ctrlX AUTOMATION Community for support, know-how transfer and news

Bosch Rexroth is expanding its ctrlX AUTOMATION platform by adding new services for users: ctrlX Store, Device Portal and online Community. The platform with app technology stands out with its open, modular design and opens up entirely new possibilities in the field of industrial automation. ctrlX SERVICES docks onto the platform and makes life much easier for developers.

"ctrlX AUTOMATION works like a smartphone with an operating system and apps for industrial automation. Our customers can adapt their system just like we adapt our smartphones to meet our needs with apps. We would like to make life as easy as possible for digital natives. Thanks to simple integration, plug & produce, co-creation and open standards, our platform is easy to use, fast and flexible," explained Steffen Winkler, Vice President Sales of the Business Unit Automation & Electrification Solutions.

The previous service package for the automation platform comprising classic and digital services as well as various services for the customer journey such as the ctrlX Configurator has now been expanded in a logical manner.

New services for the future of automation

Users of ctrlX AUTOMATION can use apps from Bosch Rexroth, third-party providers or apps that they have created themselves. As a result, individual solutions can be put in place quickly and easily and new business opportunities can be exploited. With the ctrlX Store, Bosch Rexroth offers online access to all available applications and libraries for producing apps. The customer is given quick access to detailed information, documentation and release notes. By subsequently downloading additional apps, system functionality can easily be expanded. Licenses are available from the store.

The ctrlX Device Portal is another new addition to the service portfolio. It allows significant savings when maintaining and updating device software. All available apps can be assigned to ctrlX CORE and updated. Via the portal and its cloud technology, control systems across a number of locations can be managed centrally and secure remote access to the user’s own control systems is possible. Security updates and new functions can be installed, backups can be restored and information about available updates and extensions can be retrieved – all regardless of location. The solution stands out with its secure communication requiring only an Internet connection.

The ctrlX AUTOMATION Community is also new. Here, users are given information regarding the automation platform and its app zone – from updates and how-to videos to example applications. Users can also present their own solutions or access others. Questions and discussions regarding the exchanging of knowledge find their place in the forum. A software development kit with NRT/RT library for communication with the ctrlX Data Layer (available for C/C++) is also provided here.

“The platform lives from user experience, shared knowledge and ongoing further development by our experts and users. That is why we have created a community for networking. Our new services round off the existing ones logically,” said Steffen Winkler.

 

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient, powerful and safe movement in machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation. With its intelligent components, customized system solutions and services, Bosch Rexroth is creating the necessary environment for fully connected applications. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drive and control technology, gear technology and linear motion and assembly technology, including software and interfaces to the Internet of Things. With locations in over 80 countries, roughly 31,000 associates generated sales revenue of roughly 6.2 billion euros in 2019.
To learn more, please visit www.boschrexroth.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.
Additional information is available online at
www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

Steffen Winkler

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